The DP World Tour’s 2022 season drew to an in depth in dramatic vogue as Jon Rahm, the third spherical chief of the season-ending Tour Championship, held off Ryder Cup team-mates Tyrrell Hatton, Alex Noren and Rory McIlroy to win by two pictures.
Jon Rahm shot a closing 68 to win the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai by two pictures
The Spaniard went into the ultimate spherical with a slim one-stroke lead, however reeled off three opening birdies to stretch that benefit earlier than bouncing again from a bogey on the fourth with three extra positive factors to signal for a closing 67 and end the match on 20 underneath par.
Rahm’s victory continues his love affair with Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course, the place he now has three wins and one other top-five end in 4 visits. He additionally provides a fifth Rolex Sequence title to his assortment, changing into the primary individual to attain the feat.
Rahm by no means relinquished the lead on day 4, however didn’t look completely snug at instances, as a sequence of missed fairways gave hope to his challengers who had been queuing up behind him. He took a two-shot result in the final however an errant tee-shot landed him in tree hassle and he solely simply cleared the penalty space together with his second shot. However his gamble paid off as he two-putted for par on the 18th inexperienced to storm to victory.
Tyrrell Hatton and Alex Noren completed in a tie for second on 18 underneath, with McIlroy two pictures additional again in fourth. Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Fitzpatrick had been in a share of fifth place on 13 underneath, with the latter capturing a disappointing closing 73 to finish his possibilities of ending no.1 in Europe.
Rahm mentioned: “Due to COVID I by no means bought an opportunity to defend my 2019 title and although I made a decision to not come final 12 months, I got here with the mentality that, nicely, no one beat me within the final two years, so they will should beat me once more. I got here in with that confidence; a number of similarities to the previous. Final time I received right here I began the ultimate spherical at 15-under. I had a heck of a entrance 9 and shot 20-under to win it. I like this course and this course likes me. I hope that is third of many extra. Hopefully individuals can cease telling me that it was a nasty 12 months. Three wins worldwide, three wins in three totally different continents, yeah, it wasn’t a significant championship, but it surely’s nonetheless a extremely, actually good season.”
McIlroy received the opposite prize on supply this week, topping the DP World Tour Rankings in Partnership with Rolex to win the Harry Vardon Trophy for the fourth time. The Northern Irishman capped a vastly profitable 12 months by changing into the European no.1, world no.1 and FedExCup champion on the identical time for the primary time in his profession.
McIlroy mentioned: “It means so much. It’s been seven years since I’ve final performed it. Clearly that is my fourth one but it surely’s been some time. I’ve received three FedEx Cups because the final time I received, which was The Race to Dubai again then. I used to be a mannequin of consistency the entire approach by way of the 12 months. Loads of high finishes. I feel my worst end of the DP World Tour occasions I performed this 12 months was twelfth at the beginning of the 12 months in Abu Dhabi. A extremely constant season, placing in good performances. It could have been good to get one win in there on the finish of the 12 months right here, however Jon clearly performed an unbelievable match and absolutely deserved it. I’m actually pleased with my 12 months, and excited for 2023.
He added: “One of many issues I’m actually pleased with over the previous few years is I don’t really feel I’ve to depend on one facet of my recreation. I feel if my driving isn’t there, then my putter bails me out. If my putter isn’t there, my iron play bails me out. I really feel like while you get to this stage, it’s like, okay, how are you going to make these incremental enhancements to get higher, and I feel my aim has been to simply turn out to be a extra full golfer and I really feel like I’m on the journey to doing that. I’m as full a golfer as I really feel like I’ve ever been, and hopefully I can proceed on that path.”
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